Friday, October 31, 2008

First Carving - Happy Halloween

Here's the results from the pumpkin we snagged at the patch as noted in the last post. Ty made some drawings on paper and dad did the carving. I showed him the magic of the illuminated pumpkin by holding a flashlight inside. It's not quite the special effects that Lucas can provide, but you should get the idea.

We are off tonight for our first trick-or-treating around the neighborhood. Ty will be dressed as Tony Stark's superhero identity. Pictures and story to follow soon.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

Ty visited his first pumpkin patch. Well not exactly the true farm where they are grown, but a local church had a few hundred scattered about in their yard. We sorted through them and selected two. One big one for carving and a smaller one that got some stickers applied to it. It is hard to get in the fall mood here though when this past weekend it shot back up into the 80's.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Flying Saucer

Ty and I tried our hand at a game of Frisbee. He managed to throw it quite well. The most fun was had when we tossed it up into the wind and it came flying back at us. This cracked him up to no end.

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Two awesome victories yesterday in the world of sports. First up were the 5U Tigers led by our favorite blog star. Ty scored his first official goal of the season, and then followed that up shortly with another goal. Hooray! Much fist pumping and high fives followed.

Oh and later that evening a small college football program here in Austin managed to solidify their number one position with a near perfect game against an overrated opponent. Dad was on hand to witness that too.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Seeing Red

This post title may refer to all of our stock portfolios lately. Man I wish I were a five year old and didn't know what the Dow was or care about the economy. Ah, when life's decisions were so simple. Ty, you don't realize how lucky you are.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

BBQ with G-Pop

The world famous Salt Lick BBQ has come to Round Rock. We had to take my parents there on the final night of their visit. As you approach the restaurant you can smell the burning wood from the pit. Right at the front door you can see all the meats being cut. You sit family style at long picnic benches where you might be sharing your meal with a local or a tourist. It is quintessential Texas.

The fact that we dragged G-Pop there was a small miracle since he doesn't venture much from bland food. But Ty enjoyed some turkey and surprisingly the sausage too which he snagged from mine and Gram's plates. But here he is looking super happy with my Dad. We are glad they made the trip.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Let's Go Camping

A brand new REI opened up here in Round Rock. We went on opening weekend to check it out. Upstairs they had this kids area for climbing and testing out some equipment. Underneath a "mountain" bridge was a tunnel that had a sleeping bag and other stuff. Ty was a little hesitant to go in there because it was dark. Once I crawled in first and showed him the hand crank lantern, I couldn't get him to leave. Looks like we will need to schedule a camping trip soon.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Pottery Party

Ty held his birthday party at Ceramic Lodge. His friends all got a chance to paint their own little piece of pottery. Each child was given a beautiful selection of colored glazes as you can see on Ty's plate. Within minutes though, Ty along with others, had altered a principle of science that all colors combined would equal white. In this case it became a muddy brown. So several layers of brown coated his race car and he was pleased nonetheless. Dad added a number five on its hood at the end which made Ty very happy.

It's all about fun in the creative process and not what the end result looks like, right Moms and Dads?

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Long Distance

If you have the opportunity to view your kids talking to other kids on the phone, it is priceless. Not bound by the long twisty cords like when I was a kid to a phone that might pull off the desk, Ty has the freedom to wander the room on Gram's cell phone.

Who is on the other end of this call you ask? His cousin Swann who is just about 2 months younger than Ty. She called from NYC to wish a happy birthday. Ty had a grin on the whole time.

Thanks Swann. We'll see you soon at Thanksgiving.